March 25, 2013
LAHAINA, Hawaii - An eagle and three birdies helped highlight Beverly Vatananugulkit's opening round at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic on Monday, leading her to a 1-under 71 and UC Davis into a tie for ninth.
Vatananugulkit, who captured Big West Freshman of the Year honors last season, is tied for seventh place.
The powerful 18-team tournament, featuring five top-20 teams including 13th-ranked UC Davis, is being played at Kapalua Resort's 6,036-yard Bay Course on Maui and is being hosted by the University of Hawai'i.
The Aggies shot a 13-over 301 on the first day and are tied for ninth with No. 24 Denver, No. 39 Oregon and Colorado. Pepperdine, ranked 31st, is 3 under and leads No. 10 Washington by two shots atop the leaderboard.
UC Davis seniors Demi Runas and Amy Simanton each had 76's on Monday and are tied for 43rd, sophomore Blair Lewis shot 78 and is tied for 62nd, and junior Jessica Chulya is tied for 82nd after opening with an 81.
Noemi Jimenez of Arizona State and Pepperdine's Grace Na each fired rounds of 67 and share the early lead of the 54-hole tournament by one shot.
Vatananugulkit began with a birdie on the par-5 6th hole, her opening hole of the day, and was even before an eagle on the par-5 15th dropped her two shots below par. She picked up two more birdies the rest of the way, coming in with a 71.
Runas was 2 over on each side of the course, had seven straight pars and later posted a birdie to spark her 76. Simanton had three birdies, including two over a three-hole span on the back nine.
Like Vatananugulkit, Lewis also tamed the 15th hole with an eagle, while later capping her 78 with a birdie on the sixth hole. Chulya was just 3 over on the course's front nine, finishing with a birdie as well on the sixth.
Tuesday's shotgun round starts at 9:45 a.m. (Pacific). UC Davis will play with Denver, Colorado and Oregon. The tournament finishes Wednesday.
ANUENUE SPRING BREAK CLASSIC
Lahaina Hawaii (hosted by Univ. of Hawai'i)
The Bay Course
Par 72, 6,036 yards
18 of 54 holes
1. Pepperdine, 285
2. Washington, 287
3. Arizona State, 289
T4. San Jose State, 294
T4. Stanford, 294
6. UCLA, 295
7. Portland State, 296
8. Fresno State, 298
T9. Denver, 301
T9. Colorado, 301
T9. UC DAVIS, 301
T9. Oregon, 301
13. Tulsa, 304
14. Oregon State, 305
15. Nevada, 307
16. Osaka Gakuin, 311
17. Hawai'i, 313
18. Hawaii-Hilo, 321
T1. Noemi Jimenez, Arizona St., 67
T1. Grace Na, Pepperdine, 67